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: there are only ten days remaining tothe fiscal cliff. president obama headed to value within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiations wh the president ha, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be option collapsing last night when he failed to get republican support to raise taxes on only those making more than a million dollars a year. over in the senate majority leader harry reipounced on the very public embarrassing defeat. >> we knew the so-called plan b was no plan at al. it could not pass the senate. it turns out, it could not pass the house either. it is too bad speaker boehner wasted a week in his political stunt. lou: if there is no agreement, tas will go up on all american taxpayers and hundreds of billions of dollars in automatic government spend
. the fiscal cliff, ten days away with no deal in sight, the president and speaker boehner are thousands of miles away from each other, each left washington for the holiday. we will have live report from hawaii and the latest on the fiscal cliff talks in just a few minutes as well. it's official, bp oil company will have to pay up to $7.8 billion, that is the class action settlement amount they agreed to pay to 100,000 businesses and individual has h by the biggest oil spill in history. the settlement was finalized yesterday, a lot of them are opting out and pursuing lawsuits of their own. >>> more affects of a brand new government's growing pans. this man announced that political life does not agree with him and he will go back to being a judge. it's the same day that the people are voting for a change to the new islamist backed constitution. protests broke out last month when the president gave himself near absolute power. >>> a eczema reason is freed today and heading home. he was locked up on weapons charges. he was threatened and chained to a bed and never saw a judge. the u.s. dipl
and the countdown to the so-called fiscal cliff, just two days until santa, and a little over eight days until taxes go up for everyone if they don't resolve this issue. >>> the last victims from the connecticut school shootings are are laid to rest, as the gun control debate heats up in the nation's capitol. a look at a rally to end gun violence. >> and another crucial game for the skins, trying to make it six wins in a row. a preview of the big one in philly today. we break down their playoff chances. >>> good morning. welcome to fox 5 morning news. i've dave ross. >> and i'm wisdom, good to see you! fun to be here on a sunday. >> we'll have a good time talking redskins. >> it is a meaningful game around christmas time. >>> also keeping tabs on the weather, bothn our area and in philly as well. this is a live look outside at the national christmas tree.got your christmas shopping done? >> of course not! >> make sure you move my name up to the top of the list! >>> a look at the national christmas tree near the white house. fox 5's gwen tolbert is in the weather center right now. how are things look
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in, calling for armed guards in schools. the fiscal cliff, just ten days away with no deal in sight. in fact, president obama and house speaker john boehner are literally thousands of mimes away from each other. both men left washington for the holidays and president obama and family, they are in his native hawaii for a short christmas break. he returns to washington after the holiday. in egypt, the president is stepping down. this man announced today that political life does not agree with him and he'll go back to being a judge. it's the same day the egyptian people are voting for a second straight weekend on proposed changes to the country's newest islamist-backed constitution. the new president gave himself near absolute power. those are your headlines this hour. i'm don lemon, keeping your informed. cnn, the most trusted name in news. >>> it was one of the most important diplomatic missions in history. also one of the most clandestine and risky. four decades ago, henry kissinger, then president nixon's national security adviser secretly flew to china, beginning a string of meeti
the donates senate prepares for are a possible fiscal cliff vote. >>> ten days after a successful rocket launch north core are rhea is eyeing more powerful missiles. the leader calling on scientists to advance the country's long-range rocket program. north core are rhea claiming the goal of the launch was to send the first satellite into orbit. the u.s. and other countries are saying it was miss i missie testing, banned by the united nations. i'm marianne rafferty. now, back to "fox files." >>> we are here in grand central terminal in new york city. every day, 700,000 people pass through here which means that superdogs like holland have a very important job to do especially in a post 9/11 world. here is what it takes to become a four legged hero he. ♪ ♪ >> before they could do this, they all start out like this. fox files cameras got a first-hand look at the department of defense military working dog program at lackland air force base where puppies learn to become warriors. spread across nearly 9,000-acres in san antonio, texas, the base is home to the 341st training squadron. >> the
it squarely on the white house. that story coming up next. >>> we are now nine days away from the fiscal cliff. what happens to you if there is no deal? well, your taxes are going to go up, no doubt about that. the tax policy center says households with an annual income of $20,000 to $30,000 can expect to pay $1,064 more in taxes. the average tax increase for someone making between $50,000 and $75,000 a year is $2,399 and for those making diss 100,000 to $200,000 a tax increase of more than $6,000 awaits you. there is only one person that can provide the leadership and that is the president of the united states. >> no, sir. >> there is only one person that can provide the leadership. rather than campaigning he should be here leading and, woulding with people and talking to folks on both sides of the aisle to get a solution so we don't go over the cliff. i believe the president is eager to go over the cliff. >> i don't believe that at all. there are 535 of us that can provide leadership. there are 435 in the house. there are 100 in the senate. there is the president. all of us have a responsibi
in the next nine days to avoid the fiscal cliff we ring in the new year with big tax increases and spending cuts. here to talk about what is going to happen or two leading senators. john barrasso, chairman of the republican policy committee. and, from new york, democrat kent conrad, chairman of the senate budget committee. senators, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thanks for having me. >> chris: before heading to hawaii for christmas the president laid out a new, stripped-down plan to avert the fiscal cliff. here's what it is, extend the bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000. extend unemployment benefits for the 2 million people who will run out, next month. and, delay the sequester of $110 billion, in spending cuts, next year. for all of the talk of $4 trillion in debt reduction the plan would only save $800 billion, over ten years. senator conrad, is that the best that washington can do over the next nine days, and can you pass even that? >> look, chris. it may come to that but we can do better. and we should do better. this is an opportunity to do something that would be
to avert somee end-of-year tax hikes associated with tte fiscal -3 cliff. in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress & po work towards a package that -3 prevents a tax hike on iddle class amerrcans, protects million americans and lays the groundwork for further work onn both and deficct reduction. tte remarks came after house ppeakerrjohn boehner failed to -3 pustee enoughhof his party's -&psupport to bring his "plannb" to the floor. is prooosal woold have effectively aisedd taxes only on hose americans making more thannone million & dollars a year. we had a number of our memmees who juss really didn't want to be taxes. the two ides ach left the capitollfor the christmassholidayy, bbaminn the ooher ffr inaction.. democrrts said thursday's faiiure in he house pointed to a need for more compromise by the g-o-p. house message loud and cleaa that a comprreensive solution to the looming fiscal clifffwiil need to bb a bipartisan solution. senate republican leader mitch mcconnnll saiddthe next move &pneedd to come from the president.. he
- called fiscal cliff. the president and congress have left town for the holidays. house speaker boehner is in and obama is in hawaii. >> i'm stuck here in washington americans from showing more money to uncle sam next year. the gauche nations between white house and house speaker speaker boehner fell apart. negotiations between the white house and house eager .peaker boehner fell apart the president said that he is to working on a smaller deal avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the president is making changes when it comes to his inauguration. this time there will only be o official balls. there'll be a concert honoring .he lee terry families saturdaye held on before inauguration. out of egypt, how millions e voted on the disputed constitution. also, this cruise ship is isn't beingto italy m.rubbed from top to botto >> staring up controversy in virginia. breaking news out of egypt tonight. the constitution has received a majority of yes from more than 70%. the results were posted on the muslim's brotherhood website. was about 8ut million people. official results will not be announced for severa
died monday. >> there is just nine days until the country reaches that so-called fiscal cliff. tonight, at least one senator says after this week he's not feeling to optimistic. appearing on "the state of the union" joseph lieberman says it will be irresponsible if lawmakers are not able to get a deal done. >> i feel it is more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen it will be the most consequential act of congressional irrespent in a long time. >> he also said that he believes lawmakers will be trying to work out deals until the last second. >> two people are in custody after they faked a hostage situation and got into a shootout with police in california. this happened late last night. police tried to pull over a s.u.v. for speeding but the driver kept going. a man and woman ditched their vehicle and ran. swat members initially thought the man was holding the women hostage but it did not turn out that way. >> the female was the second suspect that ran from the car and she is from colorado and did some ja
, appreciate it. >>> as john mentioned, the looming fiscal cliff is now just nine days away, is on the minds of many shoppers tonight. and today, as the president and congress began their christmas vacations, we got a rare inside look at the bare-knuckle, behind the scenes negotiations and abc's david kerley is at the white house tonight. david, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening to you, dan. it's already vacation mode for everybody in congress and the guy who usually is in the house behind me. the first family arrived in the dark, but woke up to paradise for the holidays. however, the president may not stay because he didn't get his wish -- a deal with congress. members streamed out of the capitol last night with no agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. house speaker john boehner is home in ohio tonight. but he left a video behind. >> washington has a serious spending problem. >> reporter: which played in the capitol tonight would echo through the empty halls. >> the president's solution of raising taxes -- >> reporter: the republican leader of the senate took a holiday swipe at
, but there are four days left until the fiscal cliff. you would think it'd be the end of the year, right? >> that's what we've always thought and saying by new year's eve, by the end of the year. au contraire. >> no, the real deal for this is just four days away, 12-27, just two days after christmas. that's four days away that we are going to walk off of this fiscal cliff. >> alisyn: the reason it's that day, kelly, he said that the congress, the house at least would have to review it before they ratify it so technically it has to happen on the 27th. they can't wait until the 31st, they wouldn't have time. >> kelly: if that doesn't happen, guess what? we're going off the the cliff and some argue that that's exactly what some members of congress want and some are arguing that's what the president wants. but congressman sessions says you've got to get it done. if you don't, the payment goes up for everybody. and imagine what he says, we have to read this thing and analyze it and listen to what the senator has to say. >> we're about to come back in next week, thursday, everybody says, thursday, may
of the fiscal cliff now with nine days left to cut a deal. lawmakers are home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner, his plan b went bust. before leaving town president obama urged congress to pass a mini-plan that would preserve middle class tax rates. the president is now in his native hawaii for a quick christmas break. briana keiller joins us from honolulu. hello, briana. is this fiscal cliff deadline getting closer, what do we think will happen as the holidays rolls out here? >> reporter: well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on the house or it's possible that they could take a bill that they've already passed back in july with the threshold of those tax hikes being at the $250,000 level and that they could kind of say to the house, okay, now the ball is in your court. you have to deal with this, but it's still very much a possibility, don, that this doesn't work out, that we go over the fiscal cliff, and that was reflecte
for the holidays, they still have yet to reach a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. with just nine days until a series of potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts kick in and effectivery american taxpayer some are keeping the fight going and taking their case straight to the sunday talk shows. national correspondent is live in our washington, dc, newsroom. steve workers do we stand today? >>reporter: here is the bottom line: republicans want spending cuts. democrats want higher tax on the wealthy. neither side is giving in. last week, house of representatives speaker boehner called off the push for plan "b" saying the ball is in the democrats' court. a key republican said today what we really need is leadership. >> you want a leader, you have to lead. the president has been a pathetic first can leader. i would vote for revenues including tax rate hikes although i don't like them to save the country from becoming greece but i will not set aside $1.32 million in cuts. >>reporter: if nothing happens by the end of the year taxes go up for everyone. >>heather: when do we get back
.com. the country is now just eight days away from falling off the looming fiscal cliff. >> the first holiday land in the dark but woke up to paradise. >> washington has a serious spinning problem. >> this played in the capitol and would echo through the house. >> the president's laws of raising tax rates would still leave -- >> the republican leader took a rhetorical holiday swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck here in washington trying to prevent by fellow kentuckians from having to shell out more money to uncle sam next year. >> we are learning more about how the negotiations fell apart. unnamed source said when the speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limit being deductions, the speaker asked what to i get? the president reportedly responded you get nothing. i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal on taxes and entitlements, the president is now hoping to get a small deal. extend middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can it? consider speaker boehner's other w
'm mike shumann. have a great day. >>> and coming up next, the huge fiscal cliff. now knew tails between how talks between the president and house speaker boehner fell apart on friday. >> the wind is picking up. the rain is steady this morning. i'll have the latest on the coastal conditions from pacifica after the break. >> welcome back, everyone. the latest storm is hitting the bay area right now. we want to check in with our meteorologist lisa argen. >> hi carolyn. good morning, everyone. the rain is increasing. here's a look at down turn san francisco. light rain. a wind advisory is posted in effect in the north bay. next half-hour in san francisco the winds will continue to pick up, as well as the east bay. you sigh the heavy rain from the north bay into parts of the east bay and the santa cruz mountains. this is moderate to heavy rain here from santa rosa, windsor, up to fort ross and highway 101. the winds gusting to over 26 miles an hour in san jose. rain along the coast with 30 miles an hour gusts and hayward 23 american wind gusts. hercules more moderate rain. in oakland light i
republican on the fiscal cliff with congressman sooeven up lawsuit ter rhett and mcmulvaney. weighing in all of it is our political panel. "usa today's" washington bury rechief sussan page and ron duffy. i'm candy crowley. nine days after the mass shooting deaths in newtown, the president of the national rifle association joined the gun debate. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> in a similar vein, lawmakers in a growing number of states including oklahoma, missouri, south dakota, virginia and oregon will consider laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school. the nra is moving ahead to have their national model school shield in place to schools that want it. to talk about the dangers and backlash is the program director assa hutchinson. thank you for joining us. one of the thing that struck me is there was no mention of any gun control in favor or in opposition, so i wanted to get you on the record. will the nra oppose any attempt to put new g
. >> i want to talk about the nrara quickly. on the fiscal cliff, this is friday but the markets did not star pretty. is the business community getting what they deserve? >> actually, a lot of the ceo's have been active in washington trying to broker a deal. that have been verery active and very piscivorous -- >> but a deal on their terms. >> actually not. the ceo's tend to be me morate because they arare just so bloody well feet. if you are jamie dimon, you u can say i can afford to pay more taxes. those guys do n not get affected by these tax hikes quite like the rest of us do. their army of accountants and taxx lawyers prohibit them from paying taxes. >> do you u feel like they are contributing or hurting? >> wdo not have an autocratic government. a lot of these ceo's are used to giving orders and having those orders followed. >> we finally heard friday from the national rifle associatition -- the gun industry. will they keep all of the freedoms that they have now? >> it is very weird when the nra is calling for a lotf spending atat aime when we areaving a debate about fiscal cont
gerri: hello, everybody. i am gerri willis. ten days until we got the fiscal cliff. president obama speaking moments ago, saying that maybe some time off will give both parties perspective to drink some eggnog, sing some careless, maybe reached the fiscal cliff deal. how speaker john boehner is doing damage control on their plan b mess. before heading out for the holidays. even as americans are facing more than $500 billion in tax hikes coming on january 1. with more on this, we have peter barnes, fox business sr. washington correspondent. what did the president have to say moments ago? >> john boehner did say that this wld be a cooling off period. maybe they would have some time to reflect here. the president said that he did speak on the phone to speaker john boehner this afternoon. he also had majority leader harry reid to avoid the fiscal cliff and figure out a passport. he said he is ready and willing to try t to get a compromise package done. all at once or stuff like that. but we'll have to wait until after the holiday. the president planning to hold out for the holidays, and
the fiscal cliff. what does that mean? every single american who pays income taxes will see a tax increase go into effect. we also know there will be a massive sequester. we just evaded the rule on the national defense authorization act, it will have a devastating impact on our national security. increasing taxes on working americans will create a scenario which will hinge on our ability to encourage the kind of domestic product growth that is important for us and for our economic security and overall national security. i think about my former california colleague, please, do what you can to ensure we do not have the sequester take effect. do what you can, and try to make sure hamas you address it and have what is necessary for our national security. as the look at these issues, we are going through a troubling time. we have a divided government. we have a democratic president and a republican house of representatives. i happen to believe that creates an opportunity. i did not vote for barack obama, but i do believe that having a president in one party and a house in another party does create
substantial snowfall. >> axelrod: jeff, thank you so much. it's nine days now until the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts. still, congress has gone home for the holidays. and today, president obama and his family arrived in honolulu, where they'll celebrate christmas. the president says he is ready to return to make a deal. retailers called today "super saturday." it is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. businesses are banking on it because so far this season, sales numbers have not been as strong as many had hoped to see. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: kidding around is a specialty toy store in new york city. you won't find any of this stuff at target, wal-mart? >> no. >> reporter: the owner says today is his busiest day of the year. within the last month, what have your sales been? >> they're up from last year about 5.5%, but some of that is the influence of the early hanukkah. >> reporter: he's doing better than most retailers. shoppertrak, which monitors consumer behavior nationwide, predicted holiday sales growth of 3.3%. they just cut it to
thank you. there are eight days now until the fiscal cliff of big tax increases for most americans. and across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget. even with congress's adjourned and president obama out of town some lawmakers today talked about a last minute deal. >> my own belief is what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer the president's last offer split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion already done. that would be close to the $4 trillion we need to stabilize the debt and begin to bring it down. >> i would vote for revenues including tax rate hikes even though i don't like them, to get a-- to save the country from becoming greece tax rate hikes are part of the solution driven by the president. but he's going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the american public from a tax hike that is not a tax increase in my books. >> jeff: with christmas just two days away last minute gift guire-- buyers are out. today shopper track said saturday was the buse
in just a moment here on cnn. >>> the fiscal cliff, well, just ten days away with no deal in sight. president obama, house speaker john boehner literally thousands of miles apart. boehner is back in ohio. president obama and family are in his native hawaii. he is planning to return to washington after christmas. >>> a weekend of violence. explosions and death in syria. at least five people killed in damascus today when a powerful car bomb blew up in this residential neighborhood. it tore through apartment buildings and filled the streets with debris. more than 140 people reportedly died in attacks across syria, most in damascus and its suburbs. >>> india, riot police blasted protesters with high-pressure water hoses trying to break up massive angry rallys against the government. people are furious after a woman reportedly gang raped and beaten on a moving city bus last weekend. protesters demanding changes to india's laws regarding rape saying women are not safe in new delhi and other cities in india. >>> a former marine spent more than four months at a mexican prison is free and h
, with worries about the fiscal cliff. and on saturday, a big day in maine. same-sex couples will be able to start tying the knot in maine. voters approve the new law in a november ballot measure along with voters in washington and maryland. so, a whole lot going on next week, even though it's a holiday week. >>> well, many americans from the president on down are sick about what happened in newtown, connecticut. they want tougher gun laws, but the second amendment makes that a tricky proposition. i spoke with cnn legal contributor paul cowan for his take on how the supreme court interprets the right to bear arms. >> the supreme court has held that the second amendment permits people to keep weapons in their house for self-protection, but it doesn't say anything about high-capacity magazines and it doesn't say anything about what kind of guns we're allowed to keep. certainly well reasoned reinstructions are okay under the second amendment. >> outlaw the assault rifles and the large ammunition clips that we had to talk so much about. what will that mean for the gun owners that currently ha
the fiscal cliff. what's your take on how this plays out? now with just a few days left in the year to get this deal done. >> i don't think they're going to come back after christmas. i think that we will see them back in early january to make a compromise. i think that comp promise is gog be in between where the president is and where the speaker is. >> you say we go off the fiscal cliff then? >> yes, do. >> do you think we will see the economy hit recession? that was the expectation, right? >> no. that is the expectation but i don't think so. i think there's been a lot of drama, especially on the tax increase side. the tax increase side is do symbolic. at the end of the day it's not going to have any impact on the deficit or controlling our spending. what's going to have to happen is the spending cut. i think that's where the speaker was having difficulty getting support, is not being specific about where these cuts are coming from. >> where should the cuts come from? i mean, we hear a lot about medicare and medicaid and social security being the drivers of the debt. do you have to make
another washington story. we're nine days away from going over the fiscal cliff. any progress to speak of today? >> there are a number of members of congress today asking that the president and the speaker try one more time. both republicans and democrats and the senate are saying the chances of that big debt reducing deal really are lost. it's now a small deal, they expect it out of the senate probably later this week. >> david kerley reporting from washington tonight. thank you. >>> president obama attended the burial today of daniel inouhe. it was a 19-gun salute when the senator's coffin arrived at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress, the second longest serving senator in american history. he was 88 years old. >> the other big story we're following tonight, with a third of all americans traveling for the holidays, meteorologists are worried about the nightmare after christmas. two new storms are moving in. we'll get the forecast in i minute, but first the mess the weather is already creating. >> report
for more than 99% of americans. and they laughed about it. 10 days ago until the fiscal cliff, and laughed about it. i did not know if anybody has looked of the calendar lately. we're about out of time here. this is not funny. people's livelihoods are at stake here. the u.s. economy is at stake here. millions upon millions of families are counting on us to do something. it is the president's job. it is his job to find a solution that can pass the congress. he is the only one who can do it. this is not john boehner's problem to solve. he has done his part. he has bent over backwards. mr. president, how about rallying the party around a solution? how about getting the democrats to find a solution? we cannot solve the problems we face unless and until the president of united states finds the will or develops the ability to lead. this is a moment that calls for presidential leadership. that is the way out of this. it is that simple. does anybody wonder why we keep going from crisis to crisis around here? does anybody notice a pattern? this does not have to be a crisis. this was an opportunity.
enough, ask your dermatologist about enbrel. >>> 'twas the week before the fiscal cliff, all through the house, not a creature was stirring because they all left town. >> as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. >> the house would come back if needed and we're prepared to come back if needed. >> when we return, guns, the fiscal cliff and the potential nomination of chuck hagel. gulf! gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is the perfect time to visit anyone of our states. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride, go fishing or just lay in the sun. we've got coastline to explore and wildlife to photograph. and there's world class dini
here. >> nine days before the fiscal cliff and not a creature was stirring in washington. negotiations at an impass. the president says he hopes the holiday spirit will inspire a change of heart. >> everybody can drink some egg nog, have some christmas cookies. >> but republicans say the president's deal is jut too hard to swallow. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready as far as the eyes could see. >> john boehner's plan b, raising taxes on americans making more than $1 million a year was scuttled by his fellow republicans. it's dead in the water with senate democrats. the president wants to lock in tax cuts for 98% of americans, but some house republicans refuse to raise taxes on anyone. for a few days though, both sides are setting aside the politics. >> i wish all the american people a blessed and merry christmas. merry christmas, everybody. >> happy holidays. >> the president and the speakers say it's not too late but if someone can't find way to give, americans are in danger of getting a tax increase come january 1st. wbal tv 11 news. >>> 5:09 and 2
before we go over the fiscal cliff and everybody's taxes go up. i'm sure a lot of us feel they shouldn't be taking off. >> let's bring in george stephanopoulos. great to see you, george. things are coming down to the wire. what are the odds they can come up with a deal especially republicans can't agree. >> those talks completely collapsed this week and ended once and for all when john boehner couldn't even pass his backup plan in the house on thursday. the only possibility right now would be some kind of a very small -- some measure that would just extend the tax cuts for everyone earning under $250,000. it should be a lot of protection for a lot of people but even that will be difficult. you get it only if there's a promise not to filibuster that in the senate and the house speaker agrees to take it up. both of those questions are very open right now. >> a lot of open questions and high establishes for a lot of people. let me ask you about another big issue in washington right now. in this toxic environment any chance that the president can make any headway on his desire to change th
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the looming fiscal cliff. tonight there are some who think the matter will be resolved and some who think otherwise. >> the first family arrived in the dark but woke up to paradise for the holidays. however the president may not stay because he didn't get his wish, deal with coverage members streamed out of the capitol last night with no agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. john boehner is home in ohio tonight but left a video behind. >> washington is a serious spending probable hem. reporter: which was played in the capitol tonight would run in the empty halls. i he republican leaders took a rhetorical swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck in washington trying to prevent my fellow kentuckians from having to shell out to uncle sam next year. >> the wall journal quoting unnamed sources says when he speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker asked, what die get. the president reportedly said, you get nothing. i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal the president is now hoping to get a small deal. stepped middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment
gun laws we don't even adhere to. >> the other big story in washington, nine days until the fiscal cliff and no deal in sight with the president and congress home for the holidays, today key senators from both sides weigh in on the prospects of ayn greem before new year's. >> you know, if you look at the final positions last monday of both the president and speaker boehner, they were this close. they were this close to a solution. >> if he were to say and the president were to say we're going to pass a bill, with a majority of democrats and majority of republicans in the house and senate, we could get a mainstream bill. >> if you want leaders, you have to lead. the president's been a pathetic fiscal leader. he's produced three budgets and can't get one vote for any of them. boehner will be tip o'neill, obama needs to be reagan. i would vote for revenues including tax rate hikes, even though i don't like them, to stave country from becoming greece. >> today, despite the president being in hawaii, the fiscal cliff is still on the agenda. kristen welker is with the president in honolu
. it is serving them selves. >> we are talking about 80 to million of those iacted by the fiscal cliff firasco and many americans may suffer because of it i think to look at what you are saying, - congress is ashamed to bringing uncertainty to americans who rely on tax returns to put back in the economy. i am sure for a lot of these folks that money is spent to pay off bills and holidays and get breathing room. it is it heart breaking. it is true for work wealthy and americans. we talk about how the market is hating uncertainties. it is not the huggies sold. it is government. to tracey's point you have potentially 100 million americans and trillions worth of wealth waiting on government to make arbitary decision . we have rational people here trying to pay their taxs and live their lives and how can they plan rationally . trillions of dollars 15 days out. >> good americans willing to pay their fair share and government had their money for a year and they at any point back. we are looking at a potential delay. it is frustrating . they do deserve their money back. it is disgusting to me. i don't
the fiscal cliff. so, i think it's quite possible we will, although it's not going to be catastrophic the first day. so i think -- it will take past the first of the year for them to actually come one something. and i think they will come up with something before the economy just turns to disaster. >> perhaps it is nice we all go off the cliff together. john boehner, the implosion of plan b seems hugely tough for him to get over. account president actually negotiate with boehner if he can't deliver his own caucus? >> well, it was interesting. today, we had some republicans saying to us that if boehner thought add good deal, that he could get enough democrats on and some republicans, whe would put out a deal that might not get a majority of republicans. i don't see there is a bill now because the democrats are not so sure what kind of spending cuts they want. yes, i think john boehner is still in the mix, in the end, he is going to have to deliver in the house. he doesn't necessarily have to deliver all his republicans. but right now, there's just no deal out there that either side is
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